Coach Brewer and the Bulldog women's golf team found out their NCAA fate tonight during a selection show.
April 28, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia women's golf team will compete in the NCAA East Regional next weekend. The Bulldogs will be among 24 teams competing at SouthWood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., next Thursday-Saturday for eight team and two individual spots in the NCAA Championships. The NCAA announced the 72-team field on Monday evening.
Georgia actually deduced its destination when the Bulldogs did not appear in the Central and West Regional fields announced first and second.
"You still want to see your name," head coach Josh Brewer said. "We're happy to go to Florida State."
Georgia is familiar with the SouthWood layout. Last season, the Bulldogs swept the team and individual titles at the FSU Match-Up Tournament at the course. Rocio Sanchez Lobato shared medalist honors after finishing at 2-under 214, while the Bulldogs earned a four-shot victory on the team leaderboard.
"We're going to a golf course we already know," Brewer said. "Three players (Sanchez Lobato, Amira Alexander and Manuela Carbajo Ré) are going back there. It's a golf course we have a lot of confidence on. Hopefully, we can find that magic that happened last February."
Sanchez Lobato opened with a 6-under 66 and led throughout the weekend in Tallahassee. She was actually 8-under through 16 holes before a double-bogey at No. 17 and a closing par at No. 18.
"It's a really good golf course for everyone," Sanchez Lobato said. "We all played well, obviously, because we won as a team that weekend. For me, personally, it fits right with my game. I'm really excited to go back and try to do as well again."
Georgia is coming off a tie for eighth at the SEC Championships on Easter weekend. The Bulldogs played three consistent rounds, shooting 302-303-304 over 54 holes in a field that featured nine top-25 teams.
"We practiced well for the three weeks leading up to SECs, and I think put our best tournament together there," Brewer said. "Yes, the team finish was eighth, but the field there was stronger than the Regional field we'll see in Tallahassee. We just need to continue to work hard over the next week. If we can play like we played at SECs and make a few more putts, we'll be really happy in about 10-12 more days."
No. 3 Duke is the top seed in the East Regional, one of nine top-25 teams that will be competing in Tallahassee. Rounding out the field will be No. 5 South Carolina, No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 17 UCF, No. 20 Virginia, No. 24 Auburn, N.C. State, Florida State, Kentucky, Tulane, Louisville, Baylor, East Tennessee State, the Bulldogs, Campbell, East Carolina, Texas State, College of Charleston, Troy, Murray State, Seton Hall and Alabama State.
All told, 13 of 14 SEC schools will represented in the NCAA Championships. In addition to the five SEC teams in the East Regional, Abby Newton of Ole Miss will compete as an individual. The Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla., will feature Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU and Mississippi State, while Texas A&M and Tennessee will compete in the West Regional in Cle Elum, Wash.
The top-eight teams and the top-two individuals who are not members of an advancing team will then compete in the NCAA Championships on May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
Georgia has a rich history of success in women's golf's national championships, both in the team and individual competitions. The Bulldogs claimed the 2001 NCAA Championship and have posted 25 top-20 and 20 top-10 finishes over the past 35 years. Georgia has produced three individual national champions - Terri Moody in 1981, Cindy Schreyer in 1984 and Vicki Goetze in 1992 - and Bulldog golfers have combined to post 36 top-20 individual finishes since 1979.